‘Cowboy Bebop’ Live- Action Remake is Gonna be “Strange” Says John Cho
Netflix has recently been busy developing a new Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation and I am personally hoping they don’t do this franchise like they did Death Note, but they are still currently in the early stages of it being developed, and Netflix is continuously growing their catalogue with anime, but this title by far is one of the biggest they’ve had the chance to play with.
We’re just now starting to get some details on this new live-action series which was announced back in November 2018, and John Cho (Yeah…the dude from Harold & Kumar go to White Castle) is set to play the Martian born bounty hunter Spike Spiegel. He recently dropped a few hints on what we can expect from the new series during his video interview with IGN he states that there are classic elements from the original show and it maintained some of the “strange” facets of the anime.
Cho says, “It’s such a unique piece of material, it’s got such a unique vibe, so many disparate elements coming together in a single project, it’s weird. That’s the thing I was focusing on, we should be keeping it strange.”
The biggest concern for fans of this series is what’s seems to be a curse of live-action adaptations and being that Cowboy Bebop is one of the most iconic anime ever made, and the fear of the streaming giant screwing it up is real. Not to mention when Cho was questioned about the original director Shinichiro Watanabe having any input in the making of the Netflix original, he mentions that there has been zero input from Watanabe…yet.
Cho did go on to talk about one of his favorite episodes, “Speak Like a Child” and was quoting the scene where Jet and Spike were looking for a Betamax machine, and calls it a ballsy scene and is hoping it makes its way into the final cut of the new show.
Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop started production in October, 2019 but had to get put on the shelf after John Cho injured his knee on set, and the production got pushed back for 7 to 9 months while he recovers…
…I’m not saying it’s a sign, but.